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Mitch! Is that you?

Mitch! Is that you?

Marty’s photo of the day #3199: I’m not sure what to title this shot: 1) A study in brown 2) Cane toads in Australia 3) Mitch McConnell and his family in the next life

Snow vs. Sand

Snow vs. Sand

Marty’s photo of the day #3161: As much as I enjoy winter (we got 5 inches of snow overnight), I’d enjoy being back on this Cape Tribulation beach even more. (Photographed in Queensland, Australia)

Wallaroo cuteness

Wallaroo cuteness

Marty’s photo of the day #3158: Deb holds Bonnie—a baby silver wallaroo. Bonnie was in her mother’s pouch when they were hit by a car. Bonnie survived and was eventually released back into the wild. (Photographed in Queensland, Australia)

Borneo at nightt

Borneo at nightt

Marty’s photo of the day #3135: Whether Deb and I were in the rainforests of Peru, Costa Rica, Borneo, or Australia, night hikes were always among the best parts of our adventures. Each night, after dark, we’d head out looking for snakes, frogs, lizards, arachnids, and insects that looked like they were from another planet. […]

Australian caves

Australian caves

Marty’s photo of the day #3128: When I was in Australia, one of my goals was to find a cave-dwelling Children’s python. I never found the snake, but exploring Australia’s caves was still a fun—and sometimes claustrophobic—experience.

More dangerous than the animals

More dangerous than the animals

Marty’s photo of the day #3126: A five-foot-long, mildly-venomous, lace monitor next to a river filled with large salt-water crocodiles. “Danger! Danger! Danger!” Photographed in Australia, where global warming is much more dangerous than the animals.

It’s not the toads’ fault

It’s not the toads’ fault

Marty’s photo of the day #3110: This is a marine toad (also called a cane toad) that I photographed in Puerto Rico. These large toads are native to South America and have been introduced to places like Puerto Rico and Australia, where they have created havoc. It’s not the toads’ fault, of course, it’s the […]

Learning to fly

Learning to fly

Marty’s photo of the day #3066: Since I’m in New York all week, presenting Around the World in 90 Minutes at colleges, all my pictures this week will be from that show. This is Annie, a 16 year-old black flying fox that I got to hold while visiting a bat rehabilitation facility in Queensland, Australia. […]

Where did the flying fox go?

Where did the flying fox go?

Marty’s photo of the day #3057: “Hmmm. . . . There was a flying fox around here somewhere. Any idea where she went? ” (Photographed at The Bat House, a flying fox research facility in northern Queensland, Australia)

The laughing kookaburra

The laughing kookaburra

Marty’s photo of the day #3050: This is a laughing kookaburra, photographed in Australia. Here’s what I wrote about the birds in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Though not as stunning as the kingfishers or cockatoos, laughing kookaburras are handsome gray and white birds with a very famous call: […]

The venomous lace monitor

The venomous lace monitor

Marty’s photo of the day #3048: This is a five-foot-long lace monitor, photographed in Australia. I spent fifteen minutes crawling on the forest floor with this magnificent creature. Shortly afterward, scientists discovered that this species is venomous (though not deadly to humans).

Athabasca River Elk

Athabasca River Elk

Marty’s photo of the day #3011: I’m so glad I no longer use film cameras! I used film cameras for about half of my travels for my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, before forever switching to digital. The bitch about film is that if something went wrong, I wouldn’t know […]

F*ck, f*cking guns!

F*ck, f*cking guns!

Three people were shot at the Minnesota State Fair last night. Having lived much of my life in Minnesota, I’ve been to that fair many times. Never once did I think, “Oh, I wonder if there will be a shooting while I’m there?” But now, such a thought enters the minds of millions of Americans […]

Watching platypuses

Watching platypuses

Marty’s photo of the day #2983: This morning I realized that I hadn’t posted a photo from Australia for a while, and as I was flipping through my shots, I spotted this somewhat artsy one of Deb sitting along the river. But why was she there? It took me a moment before I remembered: she […]

After each mass shooting in America . . .

After each mass shooting in America . . .

After each mass shooting in America, Republicans offer thoughts and prayers. After each Republican prayer session, God answers, “I gave you Australia as an example of how to stop mass shootings. Follow them and they will go away.” Republicans respond, “I can’t quite hear you God. But I think you said we need more high-capacity […]

Stop treating the Second Amendment like the Bible!

Stop treating the Second Amendment like the Bible!

It’s time to stop treating the Second Amendment like the Bible, where leaders conveniently interpret it to match their political viewpoint. The United States has endured two major mass shootings in 24 hours, and neither shooter was a member of a “well-regulated militia.” Republicans, conservative Christians, and Donald Trump all claim to be pro-life, but […]

The Aussie Fangs-O-Death

The Aussie Fangs-O-Death

Marty’s photo of the day #2937: Marty: “Look. It’s an Aussie fangs-o-death!” Deb: “Wow! She’s almost as big as my hand.” Marty: “Great idea! Put your hand behind her for size-comparison.” Deb: “Like this?” Marty: “No. Closer.” Deb: “Like this?” Marty: “Still not close enough.” Deb: (takes a deep breath) “How’s this?” Marty: (smirks) “Just […]

Every country has its unique problems

Every country has its unique problems

Marty’s photo of the day #2915: Every country has its unique problems. In America, it’s a cult leader president with a narcissistic personality disorder, gun fetishes, and the fear of assertive women; and in Australia it’s wallabies insisting on a pool-water chaser after drinking their bottle of wine.

The crocodiles would . . .

The crocodiles would . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2842: Here’s a scenic shot from northern Queensland, Australia. The crocodiles would like to encourage you to go for a swim.

Burton’s legless lizard

Burton’s legless lizard

Marty’s photo of the day #2640: This is a Burton’s legless lizard, not a snake. Why? Differences include ear openings (snakes do not have ear openings), skin flaps where they used to have legs before they evolved, and a detachable tail. (Photographed in Australia)

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